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Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: The state of s/v/ Pelican
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OK... just trying to figure out - is Channel 16 considered a hailing channel everyplace EXCEPT on Lake Champlain and the Great Lakes? From what I understand, Channel 16 is fine to hail and request a change to another channel. "Boat X, Boat X, this is Pelican. Pelican, Boat X, switch to 68" or something of the sort - at least that's the way I've always used it and hear everyone else using it.
My marina dockmaster insists that on Champlain that Channel 16 is only for emergency use. If you try to hail them on 16, they publicly lambaste you (Pelican, Channel 16 is ONLY FOR EMERGENCY BROADCASTS. If you want to hail someone you have to use Channel 9), make you feel like an idiot, and then tell you to switch to 68 or another working channel. They state that Channel 9 is the hailing channel on Champlain.
I've looked in tons of places, and can't find anything stating that Channel 16 is different on Champlain. Does anyone know anything about this? If this is true, shouldn't the CG be yelling at everyone on Champlain who uses 16 as a hailing channel, which is everyone I know including us?
I wouldn't even bring it up, except now I just noticed on ActiveCaptain that our marina put "Channel 9 is the VHF calling channel for Great Lakes and Lake Champlain. xxx's Marina working channel is 68 and all traffic will be requested to switch to 68 after contact is established on 9. Channel 16 is strictly reserved for distress on the Great Lakes and Lake Champlain." I hate seeing improper information show up, but I stand to be corrected if I'm wrong.
s/v "Pelican" Passport 40 #076- Finished Cruising - for the moment -
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